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Salvation Army celebrating Christmas in July

The Christmas spirit is typically associated with the white snow and bright lights of the holiday season. While that time is beautiful, it also embodies the desire to give back to those in need and to share love throughout the community, no matter the time of year.

As individuals and families throughout Livingston County continue to struggle with energy assistance, homelessness, and numerous other issues throughout the summer months, it’s important to keep the spirit of Christmas in our hearts and lend a helping hand. Need Knows No Season and this July, The Salvation Army of Livingston County will make a difference through its Christmas in July Campaign dedicated to helping those who need it the most in Livingston County.

The Salvation Army along with many business partners will be hosting special programming throughout the month. Counter Top Red kettles will be placed throughout the county along with numerous businesses selling Red Shield Pin Ups, some to include Brighton Ford and Yo Fresh of Brighton. Additionally, The Salvation Army and its partners will be hosting special Christmas in July events at various locations, including A city wide scavenger hunt in downtown Howell on July 29th, community give back days at various restaurants throughout the county, along with some other surprise events.

The goal of $8,000 has been set for this campaign, the funds raised will support The Salvation Army’s vital programs and services for those in need throughout the year. You may know The Salvation Army as a provider of emergency food, clothes and housing, but you may not realize that The Salvation Army offers so much more including summer camp, spiritual programming and nursing home visits just to mention a few.

“It is our number one goal to work with individuals and families to help guide them towards becoming financially stable, while providing hope and encouragement,” said Jennifer Schwartz, the Social Services Director for The Salvation Army of Livingston County “Sometimes that means an ear to listen, a voice to advocate or the ability to resolve a financial emergency. Money management assistance, energy education, eviction prevention and case management—these are just a small sample of the services we’re providing on a daily basis to improve lives.”

When you support The Salvation Army in our work to do the most good, for the most people, in the most need you can be assured that every donation is used efficiently. With 89 cents of every donated dollar utilized directly on critical programs and services, donors can feel confident their contribution is making a difference.

Want to make a difference today? Donate online or mail to via mail The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 647, Howell,  MI 48844. Contact April Dertian at 517.546.4750, ext 344 , For more information go to

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